Saturday, November 25, 2017

Young Boy + Madrasa, Shamli, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2017

While this work began with the girls, the boys are certainly being included. This young student attends the madrasa daily, and will be attending the new classes as soon as they begin. Two of the five teachers have been located, with a promising lead on a third. While we are beginning in a humble manner, the vision is grand and we hope to include at least a dozen villages over the next five years.

In this portrait he is standing in one of two existing classrooms, facing the window to the rear of the room. We had just finished photographing the girls, and were now ready to make portraits of the boys. He was one of the first to be photographed, and was happy to be included. His smile lights up the room, as much as the light coming through the window.

The first quarter of the budget has now reached the foundation, and soon plans will turn into action. Nirvana and his team are approaching this first stage with the patience necessary for its long-term success.


Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.

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